I was walking my son to school today, snapping shots as usual. There was a wet pile of leaves on the ground that was hiding a rise in the sidewalk. I TRIPPED and BAM! right onto my 85mm f1.8 lens and my D300. And get this: The lens is not even MINE. I borrowed it from a friend. I yelped, and my son was like, "OHMYGOD, MOMMY, are you ok???" And I said I was fine, but my camera might not be. It was. Then I realized...the lens and my left knee and hand took the brunt of the fall. What saved it? The freakin' lens hood! It would have been a GONER if not for that lens hood. Granted, I had to demount and remount the lens to make sure it would still do that, and I shot several pictures with it to make sure it was still functioning ok, but it's ALL good. The lens hood? Dented to hell and chipped. So, instead of paying almost $500 to replace a lens, I am spending a little over $30 from B&H for a new lens hood. THANK GOD. Put lens hoods or filters on your lenses, folks. It CAN, and most likely will at some point, happen to you.